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Farmer leaves behind young family, unfinished crops

Bryce Driver, 29, of Americus, Ga., died from a heart attack the day before Easter. The community rallied to support his wife and newborn twins.

Brad Haire, Executive Editor

April 10, 2024

2 Min Read
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A tragic shock shook the small town of Americus, Ga., when news spread that Bryce Driver, just 29, had died from a heart attack the day before Easter. Eight weeks earlier his wife, Hannah, gave birth to their first children, a set of twins named Jace and Adalynn. Driver was not through planting his crop.

It’s hard to fathom why things like this happen, but they do. Driver’s family and friends now rally together, wrapped in their faith, to get through it as best they can. Bryce’s funeral was held April 5.

On Bryce’s Facebook page, congratulatory posts from friends start Feb. 4, heralding the all-healthy arrival of Jace and Adalynn.

On Feb. 7, Bryce updated his Facebook profile picture.

Then, on March 30, the outpouring of condolences appeared on his page.


“Life ain’t fair and 29-year-olds aren’t supposed to have heart attacks. Bryce loved agriculture as much as anyone I’ve seen and was bound and determined to be a farmer. Every time I saw him he was always quizzing me on what he could do to improve and get better. He was a farmer, a friend, a husband, a daddy and the kindest person you’d ever meet. The world’s a better place with people like him in it,” said Alex Harrell, who farms in Lee and Sumter counties.

The morning before Easter, the symptoms of the heart attack hit Bryce. He was taken to the hospital. He received care. Stents were placed. He was talking and aware but died shortly later.

Bryce wanted to be a farmer, a successful farmer. He started by renting land, improving it and expanding, Harrell said. He grew corn, cotton, soybeans and wheat. Bryce’s father, Steve, was helping him on the farm.

A neighbor has already stepped in to finish planting Bryce’s corn crop, Harrell said, and others will be pitching in the rest of the season to see Bryce’s final crop through.

The ag community is one of the rarest we have, but it is strong, bonded and special.

His wife, Hannah, is a fulltime schoolteacher. A GoFundMe was created to help Hannah, Jace, Adalynn and their family. With funeral expenses, maternity leave and the necessities for their newborns, all donations are greatly appreciated, Harrell said, to help the family heal.

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